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Review Municipal Solid Waste Disposal Guidelines

January 16, 2019

In 2014 the university went to a unit/compactor system for handling municipal solid waste generated on campus. This has been a success, and greatly reduced overall costs as well as allowing the ability to directly measure how much waste is generated yearly. However, it is important that the campus community review these guidelines on unacceptable waste.

Unacceptable waste or waste not allowed in tow units at the University of Idaho includes any hazardous or infectious materials (ie, blood, body wastes, paints, spray cans, liquids, toxic substances, pesticides, oils, chemicals, etc.) Other unacceptable waste includes furniture, metals, electronic waste, wood and construction debris. For these types of waste either Environmental Safety and Health (208-885-6524) or Recycling/Surplus Solid Waste (208-885-2091) will need to be contacted for proper disposal of these unacceptable items.

Pass this information along to all new staff, faculty and student workers, so that the system doesn’t receive contaminated materials that have to be removed manually.

Questions? Contact the RSSW team at 885-2091 or at

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